Universal Pictures has bumped the release date of The Bourne Legacy from Aug. 3 to Aug. 10, citing fears of the box-office juggernaut that The Dark Knight Rises is likely to be.
Dark Knight, the third installment of the Christopher Nolan-directed Batman franchise, is set to hit U.S. theaters July 20, just two weeks before the Jeremy Renner-fronted reboot of the Bourne franchise was scheduled. Now Bourne will have three weeks between it and what is likely to be one of the top-grossing films of summer.
The move also allows Universal to avoid a showdown with Sony’s Total Recall, also slated for an Aug. 3 opening.
The studio issued a statement Friday:
“Just as The Avengers demonstrated marketplace sustainability that well outpaced traditional patterns earlier this summer, the industry expects a similar trajectory for The Dark Knight Rises. Moving one week further from its release will give The Bourne Legacy an even greater opportunity to maximize its opening box-office potential. Moving to Aug. 10 will also allow us to extend valuable promotion for the film across all NBCUniversal platforms during the Olympics, which will dominate television and digital audiences beginning July 27. We are excited about this new chapter in our Bourne franchise and confident that Aug. 10 is the right date for our film and for our industry as a whole.”
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